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Sleep & Spring Break Trips


Researchers have proven what parents already know – teens are not early risers. They have proven that mid-to-late teens have an internal clock that induces sleepiness later at night and requires them to sleep later in the morning. It is not clear if this change is due to hormones or maturation of the brain, but due to this internal clock, teens today are not getting enough sleep.

Until the age of 20, teens need 10 hours of sleep per night. Because teens are not getting enough sleep, they tend to use the weekends to catch up. Although it was once thought that lost sleep could not be recovered, researchers now know that is incorrect. Teens can and need to catch up on their sleep. Some high schools have chosen to start later in the morning and have noted improved grades and positive behavior changes. Parents need to be aware that the use of drugs, both prescription and illegal, may alter sleep patterns. Also, if a teen has a computer, cell phone, iPad, or other electronic device in his/her bedroom, sleep may be lost due to time spent “connected” with friends or on the internet.

Source: Clayton Sleep Institute – 314-645-5855.



Spring Break is a time when you and your family can relax and enjoy a reprieve from the rigors of academics. We need to do all we can to make Spring Break safe and enjoyable. It is best to have our young people properly chaperoned and to avoid putting them at risk. The media has documented our concerns with reports of binge drinking, drug use, date rape, and sexual promiscuity. In an effort to keep our children safe and to help them make wise choices, provide adequate boundaries by considering the following suggestions:

1.      If possible, accompany your child on out of town trips.  If you are not able to go with your child, make sure your child has a reliable chaperone at all times.

2.      Remember that “everyone is doing it” may not be accurate and is certainly not a good reason for condoning an unwise, unsafe, and/or illegal activity.

3.      Communicate with other parents in planning safe activities. Your child needs you to establish the rules. Your child looks to you for guidance and for setting appropriate limits.

4.      Support your school’s policies and recommendations regarding Spring Break trips.





Published by Parent Network of Catholic High Schools, June, 2013...................................................